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Updated: 01/25/2018 08:30:03AM

Infuses heart into war, but doesn’t dive too deep

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Thad Luckinbill, Michael Peña, Michael Shannon, Geoff Stults, Navid Negahban, Chris Hemsworth, Fahim Fazli, Austin Hébert, and Jack Kesy in "12 Strong."

By KATIE WALSH

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If you’re doing your job right in the U.S. Special Forces, it likely means no one will ever know. It’s a tough, elite and highly classified position, where acts of incredible heroism never get the ticker tape parade, and that’s kind of the point. “12 Strong” tells just one of those extraordinary stories, fought in the mountains of Afghanistan in the winter of 2001.

The film is based on Doug Stanton’s book “Horse Soldiers,” which describes one of the ways a special forces team adapted to the rugged landscape of Afghanistan — on horseback, like the Afghani warriors with whom they embedded — while battling the Taliban in the shadow of 9/11.

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